Domtar Corporation announced employee volunteers from the company's pulp and paper manufacturing mill in Ashdown, Ark. will visit the local Ashdown Elementary School on Thursday to read to students and to commemorate the company's donation of nearly 200 books to the school.
Employee volunteers will read to a class of kindergartners beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (today) at Ashdown Elementary School, located at 1323 Foster Drive in Ashdown.
Domtar makes a variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world's largest producers of a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions, as well as an innovator in absorbent technology. The company's Ashdown Pulp and Paper Mill employs more than 850 people in the community.
"Domtar treasures the wonderful relationship that we've developed with the students and faculty of Ashdown Elementary throughout the years, and we are especially honored to be able to make a difference in children's lives," said Domtar Corporate Responsibility Manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. "Literacy is one of Domtar's core corporate giving pillars, which is why it's so important for us to foster a love of reading and to help put books in the hands of children in our local communities."
Domtar's book donation was made possible through the company's partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books to children in need. As part of its Powerful Pages campaign, Domtar has partnered with First Book since 2012 to provide more than half a million dollars in grants to schools and programs in towns that are home to Domtar facilities. Domtar's grants provide funding to educators to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book